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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Floaters. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: "floaters" are generally used to describe tiny dark spots, specks or spidery webs that float across the field of vision. Most people notice them in well-lit rooms or outdoors on a bright day. After the eye comes to rest, they continue to move. Floaters often are normal, but sometimes they warn of eye problems such as retinal detachment, especially if they happen with light flashes.
Why: e.g. eye trauma, myopia (short-sightedness), previous cataract operation, eye tumor, diabetes.
Why: e.g. eye trauma, bleeding disorders, diabetes, eye tumor, retinal detachment, central retinal vein occlusions.
Why: e.g. blow to eye or blow to the head - may indicate retinal detachment or vitreous hemorrhage.
Why: e.g. diabetes increases the risk of retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage and diabetic retinopathy; hypertension; leukemia; sarcoidosis; tuberculosis; systemic lupus erythematosus; sickle cell disease; endocarditis.
Why: e.g. diabetes, sickle cell disease, systemic lupus erythematosus.
Why: suggests retinal detachment.
Why: may suggest uveitis.
Why: e.g. sudden onset of floaters in vision, may be sudden loss of vision, visual acuity depends on extent of hemorrhage.
Why: e.g. sudden showers of floaters or flashes or black spots, blurred vision in one eye becoming worse, " a curtain coming down over the eye", painless total or partial loss of visual field.
Why: e.g. sudden onset of floaters, visual acuity usually normal, flashing lights usually indicate traction on the retina ( and thus at risk of retinal detachment).
Why: e.g. frequent urination, excessive thirst, passing urine at night, weight loss, blurry vision - may experience floaters if diabetes is complicated by diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment or vitreous hemorrhage.
The following list of conditions have 'Floaters' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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